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                                            Merit Badge Workbook
This workbook can help you but you still need to read the merit badge pamphlet (book). No one can add or subtract from the Boy
            Scout Requirements #33215. Merit Badge Workbooks and much more are below: Online Resources.
       Workbook developer: craig@craiglincoln.com. Requirements revised: 2006, Workbook updated: November 2008.

Scout’s Name: ____________________________________________                                Unit: ____________________________
Counselor’s Name: _________________________________________ Counselor’s Ph #: ____________________________
 Note: The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Sports merit badge may not be
                   used to help fulfill requirements for other merit badges.
1. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur while playing sports, including
sprains, _______________________________________________________________________________________________
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strains, ________________________________________________________________________________________________
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contusions, ____________________________________________________________________________________________
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abrasions, _____________________________________________________________________________________________
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fractures, ______________________________________________________________________________________________
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blisters, _______________________________________________________________________________________________
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muscle cramps, ________________________________________________________________________________________
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dehydration, ___________________________________________________________________________________________
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heat and cold reactions, __________________________________________________________________________________
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injured teeth, ___________________________________________________________________________________________
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nausea, _______________________________________________________________________________________________
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and suspected injuries to the head, neck, and back. ____________________________________________________________
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Sports p. 2                                         Merit Badge Workbook                Scout's Name: ________________________
2. Explain the importance of the following:
A. The physical exam ____________________________________________________________________________________
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B. Maintaining good health habits, especially during training ______________________________________________________
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C. Maintaining a healthy diet ______________________________________________________________________________
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3. Discuss the following:
A. The importance of warming up and cooling down ____________________________________________________________
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B. The importance of weight training ________________________________________________________________________
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C. What an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur _____________________________________________
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and a professional athlete ________________________________________________________________________________
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D. The attributes (qualities) of a good sport, __________________________________________________________________
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the importance of sportsmanship, __________________________________________________________________________
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and the traits of a good team leader and player who exhibits Scout spirit on and off the playing field _______________________
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4. Take part for one season (or four months) as a competitive individual or as a member of an organized team in TWO of the
following sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, field hockey, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, table
tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo. Your counselor may approve in advance other recognized sports, but not any sport that is
restricted and not authorized by the Boy Scouts of America. Then with your chosen sports do the following:
Sports p. 3                                        Merit Badge Workbook            Scout's Name: ________________________
A. Give the rules and etiquette for the two sports you picked.
B. List the equipment needed for the two sports you chose. Describe the protective equipment and appropriate clothing (if any)
and explain why it is needed.
C. Draw diagrams of the playing areas for your two sports.
Sport: ___________________________            (Season Began: ___/___/___       Season Ended: ___/___/___)
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List the equipment needed. _______________________________________________________________________________
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Describe the protective equipment and appropriate clothing (if any) and explain why it is needed. ________________________
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Sports p. 4                            Merit Badge Workbook        Scout's Name: ________________________
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Sport: ___________________________    (Season Began: ___/___/___   Season Ended: ___/___/___)
Give the rules and etiquette _______________________________________________________________________________
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Sports p. 5                            Merit Badge Workbook        Scout's Name: ________________________
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List the equipment needed. _______________________________________________________________________________
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Describe the protective equipment and appropriate clothing (if any) and explain why it is needed. ________________________
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Diagram
Sports p. 6                                      Merit Badge Workbook               Scout's Name: ________________________



5. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activities you chose for requirement 4.
Then do the following:
A. Organize a chart to track your training, practice, and development in these sports for one season (or four months).
 Date (week)      Training, Practice, and Development




B. Demonstrate proper technique for your two chosen sports. ____________________________________________________
Sports p. 7                            Merit Badge Workbook        Scout's Name: ________________________
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C. At the end of the season, share your completed chart with your counselor and discuss how your participation in the sports you
chose has affected you mentally and physically. _______________________________________________________________
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Online Resources (Use any Internet resource with caution and only with your parent’s or guardian’s permission.)
Boy Scouts of America: ►scouting.org ►Guide to Safe Scouting          ►Age-Appropriate Guidelines      ►Safe Swim Defense
        ►Scout      ►Tenderfoot        ►Second Class       ►First Class         Rank Videos           ►Safety Afloat
Boy Scout Merit Badge Workbooks: BSA Troop 780 -or- usscouts.org -or- meritbadge.org            Merit Badge Books:
www.scoutstuff.org
   ►Leave No Trace         ►Outdoor Code           ►Wilderness Use Policy           ►Youth Protection Training

Requirement Resources
1-2: First Aid: See http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Sports for these links and more:
     First Aid Videos: Basics - Basics2 Wilderness First Aid CPR Basics Venomous Snake Bite First Aid Kits
     Other First Aid Links: Mayo Clinic First Aid Guide Class 1 Exam Class 3 Warning Signs of Cancer - Heart Disease
3-4: ExpertVillage.com Lesson Videos: Warm Up             Stretching        Running               Pull-Ups
   Push-Ups         Basketball          Baseball        Football          Bench Press           Leg Curls
4: Rules, etiquette, equipment, diagram of playing area:
● Baseball: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_rules           ● Basketball: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_rules
● Field Hockey: http://www.usfieldhockey.com/hockey/rules.htm ● Football: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_football_rules
● Ice Hockey: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_rules       ● Lacrosse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacrosse
● Soccer: http://soccer.org/Resources/RulesRegulations/           ● Softball: http://www.asasoftball.com/about/asa_code.asp
● Tennis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis                     ● Volleyball: http://www.volleyball.com/rules.aspx
General Resources
Amateur Athletic Union: http://www.aausports.org                American Council on Exercise: http://www.acefitness.org
American Sport Education Program: http://www.asep.com           Inst. Intl Sports: http://www.internationalsport.com/nsd/nsd.cfm
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com                          Nat. Youth Sports Safety Found.: http://www.nyssf.org
The President's Council on Fitness: http://fitness.gov          USA Track and Field: http://www.usatf.org
U.S. Olympic Training Center: http://www.usoc.org

				
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